Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) is among 17 local news organizations that will receive a Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative grant from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
The inaugural two-year $2 million grant program will provide capacity-building funding and core operating support to nonprofit and for-profit organizations serving the Philadelphia area. As part of the grant, PGN will receive $100,000 to make significant investments in future sustainability through digital transformation, adding new operations and staff, and adding a multimedia news component.
“We are thrilled to be among the 17 inaugural Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative grantees,” said PGN Associate Publisher Martin Alfaro. “We are proud to be the only LGBTQ+ focused news outlet in the group and for that reason, we feel a huge responsibility to continue the work of independent journalism from the past 47 years and beyond. We are the Tri-State area’s largest and oldest publication targeting the LGBTQ+ community and with this support, we will be able to innovate and cover more ground on the issues and stories important to our community.”
Each grantee will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly meetings with other grantees to exchange ideas. The Lenfest Institute will also share expertise from their local and national partners and highlight lessons learned from this group with the broader community. In a press release, Lenfest shared its goals for the project.
“Our goal is to help build a more transparent, connected, and equitable Philadelphia by linking residents to their neighbors, to news organizations, and to information resources help them to flourish.”
Other grantees include African Cultural Alliance of North America, Billy Penn (WHYY), Chestnut Hill Local, Civic Capital Consulting / Generocity, FunTimes Magazine, Kensington Voice, Love Now Media, Newspaper Media Group, Nueva Esperanza, PhillyCAM, Schneps Media – Metro Philadelphia, Technically Media, The Philadelphia Citizen, The Philadelphia Tribune, Trace Media Inc. and WURD Radio.
For more information, visit lenfestinstitute.org.